A viral Facebook post denounces the reckless behavior of tourists in the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the GaspÃ© Peninsula in Quebec.
The post from Camp de base GaspÃ©sie owner Jean-FranÃ§ois Tapp has garnered more than 2,000 reactions and 6,000 shares since its publication on July 13.
“OK … WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT WATER SAFETY …” Tapp wrote at the start of the post.
He said that an incident involving an emergency service response after “two girls and an adult […] venturing out to sea in a boat totally unsuitable for navigating the Gulf of St. Lawrence “stimulated his appeal to Quebecers on Facebook.
âWe have to talk because we see it every day in the GaspÃ©, despite the promotional campaigns of the Lifesaving Society and the number of people who die on (or under) water each summer reported by the media.
âWe need to talk about this because we’ll see you put your stuff in the water when we the pros cancel our guided trips due to winds, currents or changing weather conditions that we’ve assessed from top to bottom,â a- he continued. , noting tourists’ use of fragile recreational flotation devices such as stand-up paddleboards, “magic pool mats” and inflatable animal-shaped tubes.
Tapp suggested the call for vigilance was particularly urgent given the arrival of the two-week construction vacation, the busiest time of summer in the province, when the GaspÃ© is likely to see an influx of travelers. not prepared.
âThe Gulf of St. Lawrence is not Lake Massawippi,â he wrote. âIn GaspÃ©sie, the sea always wins.
“We need to talk to each other because playing at sea without planning and without equipment is not a game.”
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